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Communications Officer

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

CIMMYT is seeking an innovative, self-motivated and highly skilled professional for the position of Communications Officer. The selected candidate will report to the Director of Communications, based in Mexico and work with the Global Maize Program Director and the Regional Representative for Africa, both based in CIMMYT Nairobi, to enhance the impact of CIMMYT’s work and build and nurture relationships with donors, policy makers, the scientific community, media and other stakeholders. The Communications Officer will actively communicate on behalf of key CIMMYT projects in Africa on a regular basis.


Implement a communication and media strategy to advance CIMMYT’s research-for-development programs in Africa, including media field trips.
  • Lead and work with partners to develop and disseminate targeted messages to different stakeholders on the key projects implemented by CIMMYT in the region.
  • Provide communication and media support to prioritized special events/workshops/meetings and conferences.
  • Liaise with media to raise awareness of the value and impact of major projects implemented by CIMMYT in the region.
  • In collaboration with the different research programs and the Director of Communications, generate compelling impact stories in various formats, across the region, to support CIMMYT donor relations initiatives in Africa.
  • Coordinate closely with the Communications Manager and staff at HQ in Mexico on content, communications products, campaigns, etc.
  • Oversee development and content management of project websites and online working spaces for scientists and partners, in collaboration with CIMMYT’s Knowledge Management team.
  • Write, edit and oversee the production of publications, including newsletter content, scientific reports, etc. and link with HQ for branding consistency.
  • Provide necessary writing/editing support of project technical reports.
  • Lead new approaches to create and distribute multimedia content to the supported CIMMYT projects.
  • Coordinate on a regular basis with local vendors (printing, graphic design, video) for timely, high-quality communications products, according to needs.
  • In collaboration with the Director of communications, supervise the work of Communications Specialists in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe who will assist with the duties listed above.
Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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